Latin Phrases and Quotes

Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin phrases that are still in used today.

  1. Plenitudo potestatis - Supreme power, sovereign (Legal term - Also plena potestas and suprema potestas)
  2. Plenus venter facile de ieiuniis disputat - Full belly easily discusses fasting.
  3. Pluralia tantum - Word that only has plural form
  4. Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate - Plurality should not be run without need. (William of Ockham Franciscan monk and philosopher 1285-1349 AD - equivalent to "multiplicanda entia non sunt sine necessitate")
  5. Plus aequo - More than just
  6. Plus minusve - More or less (Legal term)
  7. Plus petitio - Additional amount than requested (Legal term)
  8. Plus potest qui plus valet - Who can do more is stronger (Motto of Valentines)
  9. Plus ratio quam vis - Reason can do more than force.
  10. Plus ultra - Beyond (Motto of Spain)
  11. Poenitentia Gloriosa - Glorious Penitence (Pope Alexander VIII (1689-1691) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  12. Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, is not mad
  13. Pontifex Maximus - Supreme Pontiff (abbreviated as P.m )
  14. Popule meus, quid feci tibi? - My people, what have you done?
  15. Populorum progressio - The development of the people (Encyclical written by Pope Paul VI)
  16. Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
  17. Porro unum est necessarium - Only one thing is necessary (Latin Vulgate Bible - Said by Jesus Christ)
  18. Posse Comitatus - Force of the County (Legal Term - Common Law)
  19. Possunt quia posse videntur - They can, because they think they can (Virgil)
  20. Post caritas Pestum - After charity plague
  21. Post coitum tristitia - After intercourse sadness
  22. Post Data - After the date (Compare with Post Scriptum - Used in correspondence when a comment is added on a different day - abbreviated as PD)
  23. Post festum - After the party (too late)
  24. Post festum, pestum - After the holiday, plague.
  25. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore as consequence of (Philosophical term used in logic - indicates a fallacy in reasoning, the preceding events could be irrelevant to the supposed effect)
  26. Post imbren nescitur herba; post postrivium, verba - After the rain the grass grows, after the wine, the words.
  27. Post Meridiem - Past Meridian (Afternoon after 12:00 - abbreviated as PM)
  28. Post mortem - After the death (Autopsy)
  29. Post mortem nihil est - After death there’s nothing
  30. Post mortem nihil, ipsaque mors nihil - After the death nothing, death itself is nothing (Seneca)
  31. Post Nubila Phoebus - After darkness theres light (Motto of the University of Zulia in Venezuela)
  32. Post partum - After delivery
  33. Post pisces nux sit, post carnes caseus adsit - After fish, nuts; After the of meat, cheese (Medical advise to separate these foods)
  34. Post Scriptum - Written after (Compare with Post Data - Used in correspondence when a comment is added later on the same day - abbreviated as PS)
  35. Post tenebras lux - The light after darkness
  36. Post tenebras spero lucem - I hope there’s light after darkness (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Motto of Don Quixote of the Mancha. In his shield next to a falcon and a lion)
  37. Postmoerium - After the wall (hence "pomerium or pomoerium", which was the border of the holy city of Rome)
  38. Potes currere sed te occulere non potes - You can run, but not hide
  39. Potestas omnium rerum - Extraordinary powers (Legal term)
  40. Potius mori quam foedari - Die before tarnishing the honor
  41. Prae manibus - The scope of the hand (at hand)
  42. Praeceptores suos adulescens veneratur et suspicit - The young man respected and admired his teachers
  43. Praeclarius est id virtutem assequi - Much more is to achieve this excellent virtue (Motto of the family Bruguera)
  44. Praecursor Siciliae - A Fore-Runner from Sicily (Pope Innocent VIII (1484-1492) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  45. Praefectus annonae - Prefect of supplies to the city.
  46. Praefectus praetorio - Prefect of the Praetorian
  47. Praefectus urbi - Rome Prefect.
  48. Praefectus vigilium - Prefect of vigilance (police and fire).)
  49. Praeferre patriam liberis parentes decet - Should prefer freedom more than parents
  50. Praerogativa - Prerogative (Privilege)
  51. Praescriptio longi temporis - Possession by prescriptive right (Legal term)
  52. Praesente cadavere - With this corpse present (Legal term)
  53. Praeterea censeo Carthaginem esse delendam - Furthermore, I remain of the view that we should destroy Carthage (Marco Porcia Cato, Political and General Roman Censor 234-149 BC - He said this phrase after of all his speaches)
  54. Praetor a suis volebat amari - The magistrate wanted to be loved by his family
  55. Praetor urbanus - Urban magistrate.
  56. Praetus peregrinus - Peregrine praetor (Legal term - Manager of the administration of justice among people of various nationalities)
  57. Preparemus nos pro fine temporis: Ars longa sed tempus breve - Let's prepare for the end of times: Art lives long, but time is short ( Thank you: Dr Globalist Lawyer Riviere J. Goel )
  58. Pretium Confessus - Price of confesion
  59. Pretium Doloris - Price of pain
  60. Pretium iustum mathematicum licet soli Deo notum - The price depends on many circumstances that only God knows
  61. Pretium Vilis - Low price
  62. Prima cratera ad sitim pertinet, secunda ad hilaritatem, tertia ad voluptatem, quarta ad insaniam - The first cup is for the thirst, the second for the joy, the third for pleasure, the fourth to the madness
  63. Prima Facie - At first sight
  64. Prima luce - First light (at dawn)
  65. Prima non datur et ultima dispensatur - The first is not given and last is forgiven
  66. Primo mihi - First for me.
  67. Primo occupandi - To the first occupant
  68. Primo sic - In first place, like this.
  69. Primum non nocere - First, do no harm
  70. Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm (Medical term is applied when you have to take a decision on a patient, so that the benefit is greater than the damage it can do)
  71. Primum vivere, deinde philosophari! - Live first and philosophize later (Philosophical term)
  72. Primus circumdedisti me - First to surround (Motto inscribed on the coat of arms of Juan Sebastian Elcano, who accompanied navigator Ferdinand Magellan in the first voyage around the world - Today is the name of the school-ship of the Spanish Armada)
  73. Primus inter pares - First among equals
  74. Primus millum paxarorum est - The first corn is for the bird
  75. Primus pilus prior - Primary of the first cohort (Senior Centurion of a legion)

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